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  1. Silly Trot Question...

    Yep. I sit the ones I can sit and post the one's that are too uncomfortable. I would rather sit than post as posting is way too much work for me but sometimes I just have to! A long trot for several miles on rough terrain will have me doing a combination, sit a few strides then post a few strides!
  2. What is your horse's home like?

    These barn pictures make me a little envious. Mine are 100% pasture unless I need them penned up for some reason. My pasture, partly owned and partly leased, is 1200 acres so if I need to see one regularly, they have to be penned up. I sometimes don't see them for a week or more is my work schedule is crazy. There are pros for sure, I have a very healthy herd that gets lots of movement and has very good forage even in bad rain years. They are fat but I have had no trouble with founder, laminitis or IR. They keep themselves in good enough shape, I can catch them up and work cattle or ride in the mountains without a bunch of legging up before hand. Very low incidence of parasites because of the wide open spaces they graze on. There are cons too. I don't get to see them all of the time. It can be a process to check on them, 1200 acres is a lot of land to go looking. Even my large herd can be hard to spot and it is next to impossible to find them after dark. If one gets injured, it may be several days before we see it. Trespassing is common so we find people's trash as well as their cast off animals all of the time. Everything from folks letting raptors hunt, prairie dog shooters, bird hunters, couples sparking, kids drinking, trash dumpers and thieves. We get them all. I would not trade it for anything though.
  3. We have our first joust this weekend

    Amazing pictures! I think that would have been a blast in my younger years, not so much now. The pony has matured really nicely!
  4. Shampoo Conditioner Ratio

    I have long, thick but fine hair, not straight but not curly. I use more conditioner than shampoo because I only shampoo the scalp/roots but I condition all the way to the ends. I have been using these products for several months and am really happy with them and with my hair. I only wash my hair about twice a week and use only about a couple of teaspoons of shampoos and a couple of tablespoons of conditioner. I can almost sit on my hair, it touches my chair seat when I am sitting, and washing it is a project. With this stuff, my hair does not get oily and still smells fresh and clean after 4 or 5 days. Less hair is coming out when I brush/comb it and I feel better about what is going down the drain. It does rinse easily even in my hard well water and is available in several varieties. The conditioner says not to use it on the roots but I do and have no trouble. It does not leave that slick feeling on wet hair but it de-tangles my mop just fine and my hair is supper soft and very shiny. Shiny is not bad for a strawberry blonde!
  5. Are horsepeople truly nuts?

    1 equine away from becoming a hoarder. Crazy equine lady? I have more unemployed equines than I do employed ones yet I keep them, keep feeding and vetting them and keep saying we will get them broke some day. Maybe.
  6. Sorrows

    Bouviers are great dogs but they do have a lot of hair. I stripped mine while I was showing him but resorted to clipping when we stopped showing. It was easier on both of us and, since he lived in the house, the waterproofing/weatherproofing in his outer coat did not matter anymore. Huggy Bear was, as his name implies, a lover of all people but would stand his ground when needed. Big, booming bark, and at 100+lbs, he was imposing to say the least. Mine had very low drive as he was produced by a breeder of bench dogs, the working dogs from working lines have much better drive and are good stock dogs when trained properly. They tend to be quite heavy boned and between heavy stature and heavy coat are not well suited for the heat in my opinion. When we were looking for a trail dog after our Malinois passed, we narrowed it down to a Dobie or a Dalmatian. I have had several Dobies and love them but the appeal of the Dalmatian won and that is what I have now. I was looking for a short coated, light colored working dog that would have the stamina to stay with the mules in the mountains and would not be too scary to other folks in the camp grounds. I would not have cropped ears on the Dobie, no cropped tail if I got to the breeder early enough to stop it. I don't really have anything against tail or ear cropping, I just like the natural look and think they are less imposing when I am out in public with them. I may still get a Dobie somewhere down the line. My Dalmatian is everything I wanted and more. He is smart, willing and somewhat needy (which translates to wanting to please and having a great recall, lol). He is somewhat standoffish with strangers at first, not aggressive, just not wanting to be approached until he knows you better, is pretty good at herding and has learned to watch the equine body language. He barks when he thinks it is needed and, I have no doubt he would protect us if needed. He is the energizer bunny and is always ready to go and, being mostly light colored, the heat is not as hard on him as on a double coated or dark colored dog. Standard Poodles are great dogs. They are, in my experience, intelligent and willing, have great stamina and are good family dogs. I've never tried to teach one to herd, but I don't know why a person could not. They are high energy and do best if they are kept busy, I've met some slightly neurotic ones on the show circuit but I think that was boredom more than anything. They are easily clipped if trained from the beginning. I removed them from my want list because of the hair and the need to keep one clipped though. Everything in my pasture has stickers, thorns,etc. and, having had a standard poodle before, I knew I would not be up for keeping one clipped so I opted out. Another breed that made my short list was Rhodesian Ridgebacks. I've never had one or really been around them but my research led me to believe they would make good farm dogs if bred well and trained appropriately from a young age. They are hounds though, with all the unpopular hound traits as well as the popular so some serious research may be in order before considering this breed. Short, thick hair, somewhat light colored and renowned for their strength and loyalty they fit the bill mostly. My son went to meet a breeder and see the dogs when I was looking and he has decided that is what he wants for a family dog. He was blown away by this breeder's dogs. I promised myself, I would not get another double coated or dark colored dog as long as I was working full time. They cannot keep up with the equines in the summer in triple digit heat no matter how well conditioned they are and it is not fair to make them stay home every time I have a day off work. I will be outside if I am off work! GSDs and Rottweilers are my breeds of choice but they struggle so in our heat so I am just doing without right now. Maybe when I can no longer ride like I do now, I will get one of each to keep me company in my old age! Our local shelters are also over run with terrier types. I like them but have no desire to own one. Good luck in your search. Whatever you find will have a great life with you, I have no doubt.
  7. Sorrows

    I am sorry for your loss LC. They burrow so deep in our hearts and leave us way to soon.
  8. NRA versus Gun Control

    When I have seen realistic suggestions for changes to gun legislation, I will discuss them with an open mind. I think limiting magazine or clip capacity is a good start, 10 round per clip is plenty really. I cannot see any realistic way to ban semi-automatic weapons. Do you guys have any idea how many are out there? How many are out there unregistered, unaccounted for? How will LE every get control of them? I have several, bought from private sellers, inherited, traded for etc. How will that be regulated? Are we going to send the military door to door to find them all and confiscate them? I would rather my tax money go to making the schools safer just like we do for all those "other" important places. It is so sad to think there are schools that don't have the budget to fix the roof, let alone install measures to protect the kids. I just can't fathom how that even happens. I don't think there is an answer to this, or there are multiple layers of answers to this. What happened between the time my husband made a rifle in high school shop class and people killing children in school? What happened to us? We have turned into such an intolerant and judgmental society. Our solutions are often to attack those we disagree with. What does that solve. You hate firearms, I love them; who is right? Whose feelings and emotions do we cater to? Whose feelings do we protect? Better to figure out how to keep bad people from doing bad things and stop worrying about what they do those bad things with. I work in a prison. I see the criminal justice system at work every day. I see criminals get far more time for theft, fraud and forgery than for taking a life. This is what is wrong with us. How did that even happen? How does one driver with 15 DUI's get probation (again), while an old man with his first DUI gets 18 months in prison? How does embezzlement get 25 years and murder gets 8? This is what is wrong. The criminal justice system is broken and there is no justice.
  9. Gravy Train and Nibbles and bits

    From the linked article: “We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility,” the Gravy Train statement said. “We will take the appropriate steps to ensure this does not occur again.” The brand also explicitly said that its products do not include meat from euthanized animals, including pets. Apparently, the only food the drug was found in was cans of gravy train, 60% were positive. The levels were not enough to "pose a health risk". The other brands mentioned and tested were voluntarily re-called and the test samples were negative for any traces of phenobarbital. I read something about this somewhere a coupe of days ago. Some woman lost one of her two dogs to this but I had never heard of the brand of food and cannot remember it now.
  10. Would you adopt a BLM animal?

    I would have done it years ago but we don't meet the fence requirements. I still might adopt a burro some day but I do not have the time for one right now. I've never been overly impressed with mustangs but I adore the burros. They are so clever, I'm surprised they even catch them!
  11. ELD mandate

    I'm glad your cost did not increase.
  12. A few snow shoe pics

    OH my gosh! Beautiful!
  13. Texas People #6

    Grand babies are the best! We are expecting #5 at any time. Our daughter was dilated to 3 yesterday and is 39 weeks. Best wishes for a an uncomplicated delivery and a healthy baby and momma!
  14. ELD mandate

    It is but the truck has to have sleeping quarters separate from the cab. I think the requirement is for no access to driver area from the sleeper but I ma not certain. I had heard team drivers were not happy because most sleepers have access to the cab and this was going to cause problems with rest time. 2 drivers in a pickup, like hauling animals to a rodeo or event will not work since sleeping in the passenger seat doesn't count.
  15. This Or That

    Potato salad Horse, mule or donkey!
  16. ELD mandate

    This will increase costs. The ELD mandate is going to directly affect the costs of goods shipped by truck, including livestock. I wonder where a bull hauler is going to house a semi load of beeves for 12 hours? Rest stop on the highway? My understanding is there are mileage stipulations, less than 10 hours or 150 miles or some such where the CDL doesn't matter. This will not help haulers in states that only have one or two sale barns to haul to but it might help with folks that only rodeo locally. It is going to come down to being able to prove a person is not making money or creating commercial gain. I don't really believe splitting gas with someone to haul to a trail ride is going to fall into the requires a CDL, DOT#, is a commercial enterprise category. Vehicle weight will also come into play where it really hasn't for RVs. Some RVs that do not currently require a CDL driver will now even if they are not considered commercial. Commercial vehicles used to be about breaks, air breaks require CDLs while others did not. I am not sure how much vehicle weight and length played into that though. Private vehicles, like those 40 foot buses, may not require CDL drivers and be subject to CDL rules such as current medical card and a manual log. I'm not certain of that right now though. I am hearing reports of overzealous officers creating havoc with folks but I have no confirmation of any of it. The Electronic Log D(I can't remember what the D is for!) is about trucks basically being low jacked. It is supposed to limit the number of hours a driver is behind the wheel and enforces breaks after 12 hours ( I think). Once a vehicle is in motion, the hour count begins and it does not stop when a person stops for fuel, to eat or for bathroom breaks. This will put pressure on truckers to NOT stop for the entire 12 hours rather than encourage more frequent breaks to ward off fatigue. My BIL has been an over the road trucker for many years, 30 or so now, and the company he currently works for already has the trucks low jacked to control driver speed, miles, hours, location, etc. The trucks belong to the company so the drivers really can't complain about the over sight. I can see how an independent driver would object though. I don't know if the company rules for breaks and stuff are different that what is currently mandated. I have not asked him. This all seems very gray to me. I have not studied it enough to really know it. I guess I should since we have an LQ that meets gross vehicle weight requirements for CDL and a 40 ft motor home that probably does too. I pull the trailer often but only rarely drive the motor home but I guess I need to know. I'm going to hate going through the trouble of getting a CDL again.
  17. Has anyone not been sexually harassed?

    A man that allows anyone, male or female, to manipulate him is absolutely responsible for allowing it. Sex or gender being involved in the manipulation has nothing to do with it, IMO. This is akin to blaming the victim for the rape. She should not have dressed/acted/spoken that way or been in that place, kept that company etc. It's not smart to walk down the street naked but it is also not an invitation to be raped. You think when a woman sets out to manipulate a man, he does not set out to get his reward for giving her what she is after with the manipulation? Unwanted attention is not the victim's fault in any case, not in "most" cases, in any case. The men who offer the unwanted attention lack self-control. We ask for more self- control from our dogs on a daily basis. Men don't get a pass for any misbehavior because they are men and she was cute/sexy/naked/drunk/an escort/disabled/mentally challenged/a CHILD/(see where I am going with this?) Women who misbehave also do not get a pass because he was cute/sexy/naked/drunk/an escort/a subordinate/peer/disabled/mentally challenged/a CHILD/(see where I am going with this?) People, male and female, should be held accountable for sexual harassment or assault. It really doesn't matter what the circumstances were when the harassment or assault occurred. The victim is NOT TO BLAME in any way, shape, form or fashion. I don't think it happens that often in reality. As with most everything else in the world today, we only hear about the ones that are considered news worthy. A female employee falsely reporting a supervisor for rape will not make the national news. Not so with famous people. A report like that against a famous person is newsworthy and does not need to be true, just reported. Agree. I work with a woman who falsely reported sexual abuse against a male supervisor. Ruined his career even after she re-canted. He was terminated, she still works here. She should have been terminated when she admitted lying about her report. They did have a consensual relationship and he was her supervisor so he got what he deserved. She did not suffer for lying about the abuse because he refused to continue the relationship. I work in an adult male prison. Men certainly are victimized by each other AND staff on a regular basis. If it can happen with alarming regularity in this controlled environment, I can only imagine how often it happens "out there". I do think men are more reluctant to report and hope that will become less true. For what it is worth, men also report false allegations for personal gain or revenge. Inmates know we are required to restrict staff contact with inmates who have made allegations against that staff member. They use this requirement to "get rid" of officers who are too close to discovering, or have already discovered, some sort of misconduct by the inmate. I think the investigation is easier here than it is "out there" but it is still not easy since most of the allegations are he said/she said with no real evidence. What a world we live in, huh?
  18. Rat Traps and Tears UPDATE 1/5!!

    I guess the cat caused the rat to use the roof instead of the underground so, she did her job! I like rats too but something has to give when they are causing problems with my other pets. My sister had a black and white rat names Ricky when I was a teen. Ricky came running to, "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty!" Funniest thing I ever saw.
  19. ELD mandate

    Booo, Hisss! This is going to be hard on the little guy and expensive to enforce. It will not affect me at this time and wont affect me even if I do decide to compete since my husband is a cdl driver already. There is a lot open to interpretation in this. "Do you only haul your own horses? If not and if you collect payment, (for example splitting fuel costs) to haul a friend or client’s horse to a show, to the trainer, to the vet, or to the breeder, your truck and trailer are considered commercial vehicles." This^ seems to conflict with the below. The FMCSA rule has some language that is far reaching with significant ramifications for horse enthusiasts. The category “furtherance of a commercial enterprise” is one of the qualifications considered when determining whether a driver and their truck and trailer fall under the commercial classification and apply to the scenarios we have listed above. Here’s the information as outlined on the FMCSA website’s Q&A section: “ Question 21: Does the exemption in §390.3(f)(3) for the “occasional transportation of personal property by individuals not for compensation nor in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise” apply to persons who occasionally use CMVs to transport cars, boats, horses, etc., to races, tournaments, shows or similar events, even if prize money is offered at these events? Guidance: The exemption would apply to this kind of transportation, provided: (1) The underlying activities are not undertaken for profit, i.e., (a) prize money is declared as ordinary income for tax purposes, and (b) the cost of the underlying activities is not deducted as a business expense for tax purposes; and, where relevant; (2) corporate sponsorship is not involved. Drivers must confer with their State of licensure to determine the licensing provisions to which they are subject.” If I haul a horse for someone and they pay for my fuel to do it, I am not making money, not going to declare this expense or income on my taxes and am not going to do this commercially. It is confusing to me at this point. I am happy my husband is a cdl driver already.
  20. Has anyone not been sexually harassed?

    It is the man's fault if he lets a woman manipulate him. I have never understood why the woman gets the blame for the man's lack of judgement. I was promoted at my job one time because my boss like to look at me. How is that my fault? He did ask me out eventually and I did turn him down. None of that was my doing. I was young, in great shape and am naturally very outgoing. Some would say flirty. I wore business clothes, suits that were often pencil skirts with a blazer or jacket and high heels. Some would say I was flaunting my looks because the skirts were short and tight, the jackets tailored and well fitting and the heels quite high and I favored stilettos. I never tried to lead the guy on, never talked about my personal life and we did not move in the same social circles since I ran cross country, played volley ball and competed in body building in my personal time. Again though, I was very outgoing, laughed easily and got along with everybody so many thought I was flirty. Exactly. I've been accused of sleeping my way up on a couple of jobs, including my current one. It is interesting to note those that were the loudest in their accusations are no longer employed by this company and here I am, working on 20 years. I sit in on a lot of staff disciplinary cases since I am a female supervisor. Male supervisors will never have a one-on-one conversation with a female subordinate. I, int urn, will not have a one-on-one conversation with a male subordinate for the same reasons. I have a little age on me now and have been accused of disciplining a male subordinate because he did not respond positively to my "suggestions" for improving he status at work. What? None of these took more than a millisecond to sort out in my mind. No thought required. Touching another persons body without their consent is wrong and it doesn't matter what the circumstances are. I believe it is sexual harassment for a woman to "come on" to man in the workplace. Unfortunately it is not yet taken seriously in my world but, as women gain power in the public, it will be. What people do off the clock doesn't concern me but sexuality has no place in professionalism. It is important to me to be thought of as a hard worker, loyal employee with great ethics, trustworthy and reliable supervisor, and an asset to the company I work for. I don't care if they know my gender or sexuality! I just don't know that calling folks morons is the way to state your case though.
  21. Rat Traps and Tears UPDATE 1/5!!

    I feel your pain. We moved into the middle of 1200 acres of pasture, complete with mice, rats, cotton tails and jack rabbits. The rabbits and rats ran a muck for the first year then I started a barn cat colony. I no longer have rodents of any type or size, rabbits, reptiles or even any bugs larger than a lady bug. I have about 20 cats outside. They are well fed by me and are killing machines! I bet your cat will take care of business!
  22. The puppies are born!

    Pups are so helpful all of the time! I had some trouble with my Dalmatian and my chickens. I finally convinced him he is not allowed to "play" with them so now he just casually (not on purpose or anything) romps right through the middle of them every chance he gets. He doesn't even look at them when he does it so he couldn't possibly be doing it on purpose just to see them flap around and yell chicken curses. He tries to do the same thing to my mini donkey but Ginormous give chase and does not seem to be playing!